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The 11 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Memorial Day Weekend

Steve Aoki is scheduled to perform on Sunday, May 26, at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale.
Steve Aoki is scheduled to perform on Sunday, May 26, at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. Mitch Schneider Organization
The geeks down at Phoenix Fan Fusion won’t be the only people dressing up and hitting the town this weekend. Juggalos and Jugalettes will don their makeup and head to the Insane Clown Posse show at The Pressroom, and Game of Thrones fans will flock to Kristian Nairn’s Rave of Thrones gig at The Van Buren.

The concert calendar for Memorial Day weekend also includes renowned DJs playing at pool parties, Vanilla Ice and his fellow ‘90s artists bringing their nostalgia tour to town, and rock legends like L.A. Guns doing their thing.

Here’s a look at the 11 best concerts and music events happening in Phoenix from Friday, May 24, to Monday, May 27. And for even more shows happening around town, check out Phoenix New Timesonline concert calendar.

click to enlarge Vanilla Ice - JIM LOUVAU
Vanilla Ice
Jim Louvau

I Love the '90s Tour

Friday, May 24
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler

If you feel like the '90s were just a little too recent to be looking back on with generational fondness, you’re wrong. When The I Love the '90s tour, which features a variety of throwback artists and acts, rolls into Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler, an age-and-reference-specific dance party will ensue, in which everyone, and I mean almost everyone, will dance and party to the likes of Vanilla Ice, Rob Base, Coolio, and Tone Loc. Admittedly, the experience might feel slightly voyeuristic, watching those who came of age in the era of slap-bracelets and Yo! MTV Raps diving wholeheartedly into the soundtracks of their childhoods. K.C. Libman

L.A. Guns

Friday, May 24
Marquee Theatre in Tempe

The story of this band is a long and complicated one, but what you need to know is that they essentially used to make up half of Guns N’ Roses. In 1984, they combined with members of Hollywood Rose to form the iconic rock band. After lots of breakups and reformations, the band currently include Tracii Guns, one of the original members. After 36 years in the industry, they’re still going strong and will be at the Marquee on Friday night. The show is at 6:30 p.m. Color of Chaos, Scott Rowe and Redrum, Monaghan Dixon, and Dead West will open. Tickets are $25 to $55. Angelica Cabral

The symphony is coming to Roosevelt Row. - LYNN TRIMBLE
The symphony is coming to Roosevelt Row.
Lynn Trimble

Symphny: monOrchid

Friday, May 24

We’re all used to seeing symphonies perform in giant music halls, like Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix. But the Phoenix Symphony is trying something new, performing a concert in a far more intimate venue where people are accustomed to seeing art exhibits instead of listening to live orchestral music. True North Studio and Phoenix Symphony are presenting Symphny: monOrchid at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24. It’s happening at monOrchid, where you can also see murals by local artists and a large-scale dress-form sculpture that’s illuminated at night. Maestro Tito Muñoz will lead musicians in performing space-themed music, from classics to movie tunes. Tickets to the hourlong concert are $10, and there will be a cash bar. Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge Daft Punk tribute act One More Time - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
Daft Punk tribute act One More Time
Benjamin Leatherman

One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk

Saturday, May 25
The Van Buren

Is there room for two Daft Punks in the world? Really, there’s barely room for the one, at least psychically — but One More Time found a tribute-band-shaped space somewhere in there and managed to cram in their own Daft Punk light-up pyramid.

Founded well before the release of Random Access Memories, One More Time keep the Alive 2007 era, well, alive more than a decade later in 2019, delivering what will one day be called the “classic” Daft Punk live experience.

They've got all the details handled, including some particularly deft costume changes, and they come with enough power to push through an hour-plus set of Daft Punk hits, sleeper hits, and even some original remixes. Harder, better, faster, stronger? Well, definitely hard and fast and strong enough. One More Time will take over The Van Buren for their annual Memorial Day weekend show. EDM duo W.A.S.H. will open. Doors are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Chris Ziegler
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